Dudley Stephens fleece tops were the most requested SIOS that I think I’ve ever had. Their social media advertising blitz and influencer sponsored posts had dozens of women, including myself, asking if this was the time to buy a fleece turtleneck. Ask, and you shall receive. Here is your Dudley Stephens SIOS.
Dudley Stephens is a direct-to-consumer company that sells “thoughtfully designed [pieces] by and for modern women.” Their clothing is made with recycled fabrics, which is awesome. And they make all of their products here in the United States.
I decided to purchase the Park Slope fleece turtleneck in off-white. It was spendy at $158. But I love a dramatic turtleneck, and since 70% of my wardrobe these days is some combination of athleisure pieces, I felt like it would be worth it for a piece that I thought would get a lot of wear.
When I opened the package, I was instantly disappointed. Here’s why:
First, the Park Slope is described as a “shorter style.” Now, I’m not very tall at 5’7;” but I have a long torso, so I should have known anything called a shorter style was going to be too short. And on my body, the top was just covering the top of my jeans.
Since DS makes a longer Cobble Hill style, this would have been fixable, except for the other two issues.
Second, I didn’t like the feel of their signature Vello fleece. The hand feel was a little rough, a hair plastic-y. And when I put it on, it didn’t feel warm and cozy. It felt a little cheap. A friend assures me the feeling goes away after a wash, and I believe that that could be true, but there was another issue.
Third, I hate being a walking billboard for brands. Even small logos drive me a little mad, but if they blend into the item, I’m willing to overlook it. But the cuff of my delicate, off-white sweater had a 1.5″ tall embroidered neon green pineapple on it. Wearing the sweater, my eye kept drifting toward it. It was like a flashing neon sign.
Bottom Line: With the less-than-flattering length + the less-than-cozy fabric + the bright neon logo in a very visible place, I’m afraid that I will not be joining the Dudley Stephens fan club. The brand has some serious devotees, but it wasn’t right for me. And at $158, I can’t be expected to keep it just because my lackluster experience is a minority opinion.
Still looking for a fleece sweater? Try this fleece turtleneck from Gap and this one from Aerie are both worth a look. Plus-size? This one from Backcountry fits the bill. If you prefer a crewneck, try this one from Levi’s or this one with a shirttail hem from Splits59.
As with all Saw It On Social items, this sweater was purchased (and returned) by me. No sponsorships or gifts were accepted or solicited.